5 Entry Level Jobs That Machines Will Replace

Posted February 11, 2014 by
Three ATM machines

Three ATM machines. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If job security is what you’re looking for, you might have to get down and dirty.

Car mechanics will always be around. Plumbers will always have a job. So will morticians.

We’ve underappreciated cushy jobs in air-conditioned settings for a while. But now that technology makes manpower more of an expense than a resource, we’re going to miss a few of these entry level jobs that machines will replace.

1. Telemarketer

At first thought, no one would shed a tear about machines replacing telemarketers.

But when you think about it, many people who currently hold higher positions in sales and marketing started as telemarketers.

This entry-level job is in its last days however.

Business Insider tells us that robots are literally taking away some pretty important jobs, which leaves no need to keep paying real people to handle the job tasks.

Machines don’t get sick. They work longer hours for less; and they can be programmed to always be friendly.

Ta-ta telemarketers!

2. Bank teller

When was the last time you walked into a bank? If you can’t remember, it’s probably because ATMs take care of all your transactions.

They’re everywhere! ATMs paired with online banking eliminate the need to ever visit a real bank.

Not only do brick and mortar banking centers offer online banking, some banks operate online only.

Direct banks are those such as Ally Bank and Capital One 360. They have no buildings at major street intersections or anywhere else for that matter.

Because of that, direct banks are able to offer higher interest rates and lower banking fees. This attracts the average modern bank account holder.

If people trust their money with online-only banks and ATMs – both of which reduce business-operating costs – why keep the middlemen, the bank tellers?

3. Office Clerk

There was a time when speedy typing was a highly coveted skill in the workforce.

Thanks to speech recognition software, those days are behind us. While it’s still a good thing to type with speed, it’s a skill that’s losing its edge.

Software applications mine and collect information in seconds. There’s no telling how long it would take the best typist to catch up.

Machines don’t make typing errors. Machines produce complete documents in seconds. That’s a significant portion of what used to be an office clerk’s job only.

Now machines handle it.

Office Clerk was once a position for those who didn’t mind working up the ladder. That’s a fading picture for future entry-level job searchers.

4. Cashier

We’ve all seen the self-checkout lanes at the supermarket. Those aren’t going anywhere.

Self-checkout stations usually have an automated voice telling you what to do next. That makes the checkout process easier for people with no cashiering experience.

Three more reasons self-checkout stations are here to stay include:

  1. Ex-cashiers figuring out how to work the self-checkout stations quickly.
  2. Shoppers with only a handful of stuff loving the convenience of the stations.
  3. People who just enjoy using the machines to handle their own transactions.

That’s all the reason needed to replace this entry-level job with a machine.

Cashiering used to be a great place to start for people with no work experience. As the public becomes more comfortable with self-checkout, it’s one job humans may have to give up completely to machines.

5. Mail Carrier

Here is one entry-level job that we don’t have to give up completely to machines. The number of open positions will just dwindle into near obscurity.

Mail carriers are no longer needed to receive

  • utility bills
  • bank statements
  • collections letters
  • magazines
  • newspapers

That’s the majority of our mail right there. As a result, the USPS continues its struggle with reducing work hours to meet the declining mail volume.

As the public continues to opt for email communications, mail carriers are becoming less of a necessary expense for USPS.

Instead, machines provide solutions and savings.

If you’re currently in one of the positions mentioned here, don’t go into a panic. You won’t wake up tomorrow jobless (hopefully).

But if you were hoping to start building your work experience with one of the entry level jobs listed here, it’s best to start looking elsewhere for employment. Machines are the ideal job candidates for these positions.

Tip: Find an entry-level job associated with servicing and/or repairing machines.

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

All machines need maintenance and/or software updates to keep up with the workload. Be one of the people who builds programs or services machines, and you’ll never have to worry about being able to find a job.

In the Age of Technology that we are in, there are more entry-level jobs being replaced than listed here. Could your position be on the endangered list?

If so, check out the related posts on entry level jobs that are linked down below this article.

Author Bio –

Gerald Buck is the editor of www.ejobapplications.com, a website offering free downloadable job application forms, career information, job interview and resume tips, as well as much more. He can be reached via email at buckejobapplications@gmail.com.

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